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Devotion - July 22, 2019

Psalm 85:1-7 1

1. You have showed favor to your land, O Lord; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2. You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. 3. You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. 4. Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us. 5. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations?

6. Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? 7. Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.

Reflection by Darlene Wagner Here, the psalmist provides insight into the generous nature of Divine Spirit. Humanity often endures the consequences of bad decisions, but reconciliation always lies in the future. The Spirit will not remain angry forever — the doctrine of eternal lostness is false. The human soul, whether a believer or not, cannot be swallowed up in the darkness of death forever. Such a notion contradicts the forgiving nature of the Divine. As another Psalm proclaims: “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5”. Hymn:

Sweet gentle All-Mother, abundant in blessing, your table set silver-bright beacons me towards your side. Past crowds ill-mannered, your hand’s gentle healing guides my hurting heart to your light!

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